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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Kickstarter TOS Updates on: Today at 12:45:11 PM
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Kickstarter had a recent update to the terms of service

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When a project is successfully funded, the creator must complete the project and fulfill each reward. Once a creator has done so, they’ve satisfied their obligation to their backers.

Throughout the process, creators owe their backers a high standard of effort, honest communication, and a dedication to bringing the project to life. At the same time, backers must understand that when they back a project, they’re helping to create something new — not ordering something that already exists. There may be changes or delays, and there’s a chance something could happen that prevents the creator from being able to finish the project as promised.

If a creator is unable to complete their project and fulfill rewards, they’ve failed to live up to the basic obligations of this agreement. To right this, they must make every reasonable effort to find another way of bringing the project to the best possible conclusion for backers. A creator in this position has only remedied the situation and met their obligations to backers if:

they post an update that explains what work has been done, how funds were used, and what prevents them from finishing the project as planned;
they work diligently and in good faith to bring the project to the best possible conclusion in a timeframe that’s communicated to backers;
they’re able to demonstrate that they’ve used funds appropriately and made every reasonable effort to complete the project as promised;
they’ve been honest, and have made no material misrepresentations in their communication to backers; and
they offer to return any remaining funds to backers who have not received their reward (in proportion to the amounts pledged), or else explain how those funds will be used to complete the project in some alternate form.
The creator is solely responsible for fulfilling the promises made in their project. If they’re unable to satisfy the terms of this agreement, they may be subject to legal action by backers.

I understand that people are very protective of their money.  In a lot of cases, I think it's not money so much as a mindshare investment.  You can return pledges or offer to return them, and lack of fulfillment will still lead people to bad mouth the creator, the project, Kickstarter, and anything else they can say foul things about.

Adding these terms doesn't address the root issue, and in fact exacerbates it, IMO.

Kickstarter isn't a store.  And there's risks involved in backing people.

Assessment of these risks and awareness of possible risk scenarios- this is what needs to be made transparent and addressed.

These 'terms' just seems to exacerbate the appearance of a net... when there really is not one.

Thoughts?
2  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Rewriting work for hire after the fact... on: September 18, 2014, 05:52:18 PM
Didn't ZeniMax/Bethesda/id Software recently sue John Carmack, saying all the ideas he had about VR Goggles while he worked at id belong to id? He is now working for Oculus Rift/Facebook.

Yup.  That happened.  And that's risk come to fruition.
3  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Rewriting work for hire after the fact... on: September 18, 2014, 08:12:36 AM

I think the only time you would worry is if you signed a non-disclosure because your code had the secret how the bank's time lock worked or something similar.  smiley


This.  However, none of that helps if you're sued.  The big question is, are they commercially retailing the work that you're doing?  Because, I don't think that legality or how a case is going to be viewed by legal authorities is going to be your problem... it's exposure and risk analysis.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 15, 2014, 01:29:45 PM
WTF?
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 13, 2014, 03:18:52 PM
donotwant Grin
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 13, 2014, 02:45:22 PM
abused
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 12, 2014, 05:41:36 PM
Sorry, but it doesn't look as clever saying a brand new phone is better than a year old phone (iPhone 6 vs. Nexus 5) as it does saying a two year old phone is better than a brand new phone (Nexus 4 vs iPhone 6).

In my humble opinion, neither looks particularly clever.  But then again, I just use what works- it's just a tool to me.

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8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is there a forum for technology, devices, physics, electronics, sensors, etc? on: September 12, 2014, 11:40:42 AM
If you have specific questions, and aren't looking for forum type answers, StackExchange has always been my go to.  They get into very specific areas, so I'm not sure which to link you to, but go to the main and find what you're looking for.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 11, 2014, 08:01:19 PM
Dead*





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10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 11, 2014, 05:31:38 PM
No, I'll be getting quite interested in finding an unplug app for my phone...even if I have to side load it.

Then at that point you'll be interacting with someone's device that they may (and most likely will be) using for non-nefarious purposes.  How is that even tolerable?


Have you ever heard of the never bring a camera to a bachelor party rule?? ...It's kinda like that.

You seem to be missing some very important hints I've been giving about location location location. Because there is a time and place for everything...and very (very...) bad place(s) for misunderstandings to occur ....Savvy?

No, I don't miss the hints about location.  We're talking about in general.  And I'd think that most people that use this type of tech wouldn't be in certain locations.  And if they are, and have this... or really any sort of recording device, they're going to be in a world of trouble.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 11, 2014, 02:46:41 PM
A watch is not the same as glasses...  if you wanted to make glass without the privacy concerns, just don't include the ability to record or stream.  That would be the same as Android Wear.  I'm in it for the HUD, personally... and unless I missed something, you can't do that with a watch.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 11, 2014, 01:57:01 PM
No, I'll be getting quite interested in finding an unplug app for my phone...even if I have to side load it.

Then at that point you'll be interacting with someone's device that they may (and most likely will be) using for non-nefarious purposes.  How is that even tolerable?  

And I quote:
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Besides protecting your own network, the device also has an “All Out Mode” that can disconnect unwanted devices in range from every network they’re connected to, including tethered cellphones.

How is that even reasonable?
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 11, 2014, 10:37:59 AM
Green.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 11, 2014, 08:16:41 AM
Dunno. Haven't thought about it too much. I can see both sides of the coin. I'm leaning towards zero restrictions on GG in public places. It's really no different than someone walking around with a video camera.
I think it is.  With a video camera, there is only one purpose.  And you have to point and shoot.  But there are also covert video cameras that have nothing to do with GG.  But I've been looking at my phone, and someone gave me the stinkeye... and I figured out only after thinking about it they were paranoid that because the camera was pointed at them, that I was taking pictures or something.  Is that my problem?  Or is that theirs?

Is following someone (who doesn't want to be filmed) in a public place with a video camera harassment? Possibly. I can imagine scenarios where it clearly would be. I can also imagine other scenarios where it wouldn't be. Muddy.

It's not just a video camera.  That's the whole difference to me.  When I was going to get it... I wasn't even looking at the video applications.  I was looking at it as an HUD.  I hate being on camera, or even having pictures taken of me... that whole lifeblogging thing is mind boggling to me... I just hate videos and pictures, or even watching people's vlogs.  But it had a whole wide world of applications that I could use it for.

I do think google isn't doing itself any favors by not trying to get the price down.  More people would push these things to the fore sooner than later.  As it is stands, others are driving the dialog... which makes it a toss up how it will end.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 11, 2014, 07:08:58 AM
But... what if they aren't filming?  They're trying to stop anyone from wearing/using them.  Just because there is the 'possibility'.  Just for one possible use.  It's a device that can do a *lot* of things... and this one use is the one that they're trying to get the whole thing thrown away because of.  And it's funny that most of the people on the other side of the issue, are those that are usually for the freedom.

Seems pretty simple to me.  It takes an active use in a manner that offends/is an imposition to others before anyone else has a right to step in.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A warning to anybody who is looking to purchase a VPS. on: September 10, 2014, 11:25:15 PM
A choice like a host has to be googled before using, the price may be one hint as to quality but more expensive doesn't equate to good either.

I don't even trust google.  I trust word of mouth from people using it... and policies on things like money back and such.  If the implication was that I was saying that liquidweb was good just because of price, that was the wrong impression I was giving.  I pay my money because they're a good service that I trust and have been with for years.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 10, 2014, 11:23:48 PM
No... That is not acceptable. And once it gets explained to said errant fool it is going to come down to a simple question of which one of us is about to use what method to turn off that camera ... because the camera is about to get turned off.

Like I said, it's not alright to film people without permission.  But by the same token, we can also not be in the same area, i.e. one or the other remove ourselves.  I think that both extreme sides of the argument are just plain wrong.

The friends I know do just what is intended... use recording among friends and family at certain events.  But that doesn't mean that they don't wear them at other times... and that seems to be what people get paranoid about- even though they are doing nothing wrong.  No filming, no nothing.  How is that right?
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 10, 2014, 11:20:49 PM
Bad
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic shortcut creation for items in a folder. on: September 10, 2014, 01:34:20 PM
One thing about using the filesystemwatcher to be aware of is that it loses connection to the watched folder after having been up for a while- most especially on network or mapped folders- and that's a known limitation.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 10, 2014, 01:32:24 PM
And not all people that use glass are using it inappropriately... I'd dare say, most of the ones that I know are not using it in any way that would intrude on anyone else's privacy.

Given the potential for complications if one was to show up in the wrong persons video diaries ... I would be in favor of jamming the feed. Because if you're filming me without my knowledge/consent...then you're violating my privacy.

You're filmed everywhere you go pretty much.  It's not as bad as the UK, but one of the first things the police do is to look for banks, ATMs, and Convenience stores in the region near any crime because of that.  I think it's bad form to actively film someone without their consent, but again, the bulk of the people with Glass that I know don't do that.  And I thought about getting it for development purposes, but it's way too much for what it does.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A warning to anybody who is looking to purchase a VPS. on: September 10, 2014, 01:29:59 PM
Low end Talk for a bit is that the low end VPS market is littered with sketchy vendors.  There are vendors who provide what they say they will; but there are a lot who don't, who are fly-by-nights, or are simply in over their heads.

Low end VPS is a real buyer beware situation.

That's why I pay my money and am happy to do it.  I recommend LiquidWeb to anyone that asks... but they are definitely not lower end, though they were a bit more so when I started with them.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 10, 2014, 11:38:41 AM
nothing
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The One Word Game! on: September 10, 2014, 10:31:18 AM
hydrogenated
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 10, 2014, 08:45:22 AM
It seems useless other than the illegal in the US part, i.e. disconnecting anyone from any network.  You can stop people from connecting to your network by the expedient of wi-fi security.  And not all people that use glass are using it inappropriately... I'd dare say, most of the ones that I know are not using it in any way that would intrude on anyone else's privacy.
25  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Markdown (and what do you do when a community outgrows your contribution) on: September 09, 2014, 01:19:43 PM
Did they try to take the name?

It would be similar to someone setting up a website very similar to DC and calling it "Super DonationCoder".  Whether or not that would be illegal, it wouldn't be right to do without Mouser's permission.  And even if Mouser took DC in a direction that many people didn't agree with, it wouldn't be right.

That comparison is pretty specious.  But Ok... taking it there...

So what about Github Flavored Markdown?  Or MultiMarkdown?  Or any of the other various flavors?  They neither requested nor got anything tacit or otherwise in the way of approval.  And... I could go through linking a whole lot of conversations from very long ago, in which they've tried to get Gruber onboard, and stated that they weren't trying to usurp anything from him.

But just as with discussions of the past of CommonMark, this particular discussion has run its course, I think.  Onward!  Thmbsup
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